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Joe Biden slams Trump, touts auto industry record during campaign stop in Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop at the United Auto Workers Local 14 in Toledo on Monday, seeking to shore up support in an important battleground state with just three weeks left until the November 3rd general election. During the stop, the candidate took several opportunities to criticize President Trump on topics ranging from his economic policies to his handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Joe Biden holding a sign: Former Vice President and current Democratic nominee for President Joe Biden makes a campaign stop in Toledo, Ohio on October 12, 2020.

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Former Vice President and current Democratic nominee for President Joe Biden makes a campaign stop in Toledo, Ohio on October 12, 2020.

Ahead of the speech, local democrats, including Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, as well as representatives from the UAW took the stage to show their support for the former VP and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris. Mayor Kapszukiewicz told 13abc he hopes to speak with Biden one-on-one and plans to ask for funding from Washington to help the City of Toledo as it continues to deal with the fallout from COVID-19.

In addition to the expected criticism of the president common to the campaign, Biden spent much of his speech talking about his record with the auto industry as Barak Obama’s vice president, early legislation from the Obama administration that bailed out major U.S. auto companies following the 2008 financial crisis.

Biden also spent time discussing his own economic plans, a cornerstone of his “Build Back Better” campaign slogan. Under his proposed plans, Americans with an annual income above $400,000 would pay higher taxes. The candidate took this moment to call back to a New York Times report claiming that documents showed President Trump paid only $750 in income taxes during 2016 and 2017 and paid no income tax in 10 of the last 15 years.

Biden’s visit comes just three weeks after President Trump’s visit to Toledo and two weeks after the first presidential debate in Cleveland at the end of September. Vice President Pence was also in Ohio on Monday, while the president was expected at a campaign rally in Florida, his first since being diagnosed with COVID-19.

13abc’s political analyst Dr. Melissa Miller of Bowling Green State University suspects Biden is attempting to appeal to the white working-class voters that were won over by President Trump back in 2016.

“The fact that Joe Biden has chosen to appear at the UAW Local in Toledo suggests that he’s not going to just cede those voters to President Trump, that in fact he really is trying to rebuild part of that Obama or really I would say larger democratic coalition, there’s a real history of union support for the democratic party,” says Miller, who noted how the campaign’s strategy has shifted in the Buckeye state.

“The Biden team has been advertising on television and they’ve done a big ad buy in Southern Ohio, and in a number of Ohio’s rural counties in terms of radio buys, that’s a sign that Biden wants to compete in Ohio.”

13abc’s Lee Conklin spoke to the candidate one-on-one during the stop. You can find that video on later on Monday.

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